Thursday, November 22, 2012

The First Thanksgiving

Tell you what, every year I like to post the true story of the first Thanksgiving, which needless to say is very different from the politically correct crap we get from the media and from our liberal education system. It’s true that Thanksgiving did originate in Puritan New England, but not in the way we have been told. 

This is the original proclamation issued by the governor and Council of State of the Massachusetts Bay Colony on June the 20th, 1676.

"The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgments he hath remembered mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly Compassion, and regard; reserving many of our Towns from Desolation Threatened, and attempted by the Enemy, and giving us especially of late with many of our Confederates many signal Advantages against them, without such Disadvantage to ourselves as formerly we have been sensible of, if it be the Lord's mercy that we are not consumed, It certainly bespeaks our positive Thankfulness, when our Enemies are in any measure disappointed or destroyed; and fearing the Lord should take notice under so many Intimations of his returning mercy, we should be found an Insensible people, as not standing before Him with Thanksgiving, as well as lading him with our Complaints in the time of pressing Afflictions:

 "The Council has thought meet to appoint and set apart the 29th day of this instant June, as a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such his Goodness and Favour, many Particulars of which mercy might be Instanced, but we doubt not those who are sensible of God's Afflictions, have been as diligent to espy him returning to us; and that the Lord may behold us as a People offering Praise and thereby glorifying Him; the Council doth commend it to the Respective Ministers, Elders and people of this Jurisdiction; Solemnly and seriously to keep the same Beseeching that being perswaded by the mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies and soulds as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ."


Note that the actual first Thanksgiving was proclaimed 56 years after the landing at Plymouth Rock, and so it had nothing to do with the Pilgrims. Note also that it was in June, which actually makes a lot more sense than a cold Massachusetts November. 

Finally note that the first Thanksgiving was to celebrate a White military victory over the Indians, not to invite them all to sit around the same table over turkey and cranberry sauce. The victory in question was the winding down of what is known as King Philip’s War, which was the only Indian uprising in American history that ever had a serious chance of driving the English colonists out of the land. In case anyone questions that, it was only a few years later that the Indians actually did drive the Spanish out of Santa Fe and back to Mexico for twelve years, so the danger was quite real.  

In the space of little more than a year, twelve of the region's towns in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island were destroyed and many more damaged, the colony's economy was all but ruined, and much of its population was killed, including one-tenth of all men available for military service. So when you sit down to your turkey and pumpkin pie today, give thanks to those Yankee religious fanatics, whatever you may think of them, who fought and bled and in some cases lost their homes and everything they had in order to win White people the right to stay here and become Americans eventually.

The present third Thursday in November holiday originated as a propaganda stunt proclaimed by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, in order to distract the North’s attention from the fact that at the time, the Union was getting its ass kicked by the Confederate Army.


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